Date: 6th January 2011 at 8:30am
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How many times have you seen the phrase “I’m a life-long Man U fan” or “I’m a die-hard Man U fan”? How many times have you cringed or rolled your eyes at such statements?

Though sometimes used in ignorance, any true fan, who learn the history of United, should know that we don’t use that phrase.

Here’s the history of why United fans should never use “Man U”

The Busby Babes, United’s home-grown players, defied objections from the Football League and became the first English team to complete for the European Cup.

In the 1958 season, The Babes triumphed in the quarter-finals of the European Cup by defeating Red Star Belgrade. On their way home, their plane attempted two take-offs before crashing on the third try.

The tragedy claimed  23 lives, including those of eight players – Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Billy Whelan – and injured several more.

The term “Man U” was thus used by rival fans to mock this tragedy.

One of the first chants that emerged was “Duncan Edward is ManUre, rotting in his grave, man you are ManUre, rotting in your grave.”

Later chants mocking the tragedy went

“Man U, Man U, went on a plane. Man U Man U never came home again.”


“Man U Never Intended Coming Homing” (Combine the first letter of each word)

So please, Red Devils, let’s spread the word of not using “Man U” anymore.

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27 responses to “Man United not Man U?”

  1. Red Mick says:

    Regarding previous comment about man u originating from an abbreviated term from the media. How come then iv never heard sheffield united being referred to as sheff u? Not arguing your point, however feel that this original piece, has some validity.

  2. jonathan says:

    I have a hard time believing Man U was never thought of before that taunt, and I suspect it was there before for it and used as a source when whatever low-life came up with that taunt.

    I’m not sure why, but “Man U” I suspect is the most common name our team is called outside the UK. But being only two syllabels while being able to incorportate both words of our name probably has something to do with it. It’s really a losing battle to try and reverse it anyways given it’s widespread use. Instead of letting other low-lifes determine what we chose to call our team, why not let us decide and set our own standard.

    I agree with Wor Bobby’s last line.

  3. Rob B says:

    Ok here’s the brass tax of this subject whether u are a Die hard red or not:

    The term Man U is without doubt a derogatory term to our club. The scum that still sing the songs at games I attend still use this to desecrate the memory of the Busby Babes. I fully understand that the term is used innocently outside of the UK but that does not mean that genuine United supporters will ever accept its use. Is this snobbery? No. its called having fucking principles..I compare it in many ways to derogatory racial slang. If u use such language against a race there’s a good chance I won’t like u. Call my team Man U when u know the history…I will think similar thoughts.

    So if u didn’t know before and now you do…STOP calling us Man U immediately. If u know a fan that didn’t know this then educate them.

    We are United

  4. Jim says:

    and look who has used it in a headline, cheeky Bӣ$%^&*s

  5. Grace says:

    I feel all fans should stop using the term ‘man u’, but some just don’t know the meaning of it. If u do know what it means, then yes, stop. But for those who do not, let’s not discriminate them or quarrel with each other. Let’s be UNITED.

  6. mike says:

    I’m a bit of a knob…

  7. Badger says:

    Totally untrue. The term Man U was used well before the European Cup was even established.

  8. Queen Sammy says:

    whether true or untrue. just stop, the term is not preferred. no harm in saying Man Utd. after all we are Man UTD. much love